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“Crap, not again.” These were my words (or some variation thereof) when I first learned of Michael Brown’s death and the circumstances surrounding his death. I also uttered out loud, “Lord, not another black male killed by a white police officer.” Another human being made in God’s image killed. Lost is this young man’s contributions to our society and world.  Just in case some are ‘blissfully unaware’ of the events here’s a recap: on August 9, 2014 a police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.  Since the shooting the officer has been identified as Darren Wilson, a 28-year-old white officer.  And since this young man’s death, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency  and has imposed a curfew.

People ask: why are people in Ferguson so angry, so infuriated? Why has this killing led to illogical and irrational behavior such as riots and looting? Why has the events of relatively unknown Ferguson, MO caused protests around the country? Why I am so angry and heartbroken about Michael Brown’s death? Why do I fear for my son who is thriving at the University of Kansas? Why am I – a person with four degrees, a pretty good husband and father, a law-abiding citizen (on most days) – especially nervous and anxious when a white police officer is following me? It’s the regularity of this single event: a black man killed by a white police officer. It keeps happening again and again and again!

As a professor once said to his class, “Don’t hear what I am not saying.” I am not saying all white officers are trigger happy. I am not saying that African-American officers don’t kill African-American males. I am not saying that other communities don’t suffer similar tragedies. I know there are plenty of law-abiding police officers out there patrolling their particular beats with the highest morals; yet, from the point of view of the African-American this happens much too often: a white police officer’s apparent misuse of his (or her authority) which leads to the killing of an unarmed African-American male.  Events like this have become a ‘broken record’; they just keep happening and keep happening. History is unfortunately replete with such abuses. For example, some of my readers will not remember the savage beating of Rodney King (fortunately he did not die). Readers should Google King’s name. And for the regularity of this event – a white cop killing an unarmed black man – check out this link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/16/melissa-harris-perry-black-men-killed-by-police_n_5684588.html.

Why are African-Americans and people all across the country so angry, distraught and clamoring for justice? Why are so many African-Americans so cynical, profoundly hopeless and really don’t give a crap? Why do blacks kill other blacks? Why do some African-Americans see life as completely meaningless? Better – why are so many African-Americans modern day existentialists? Because once again, a person on the margin of society (Michael Brown) has been fatally bullied by someone on the side of the majority: a white police officer.  True or not: this is the perception shared by many.
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